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Design Engine beats Foster to land new HQ for Formula 1 car designer

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Design Engine has seen off Foster + Partners to win the race to build a new headquarters for Formula 1 car designer Gordon Murray

The Winchester-based practice, which recently returned to London, opening a new studio in Southwark, landed the 8,500m² development following an invited competition with an undisclosed number of participants.

The three-stage scheme in Shalford, Surrey, for automotive engineer Gordon Murray Design (GMD) features six new buildings on a site close to the company’s existing headquarters.

A new design and engineering block will be built in the first phase, followed by main offices and restaurant in phase two and the remainder in phase three.

GMD is led by Gordon Murray, who has designed Formula 1 World Championship-winning cars for Brabham and McLaren, as well as the McLaren F1 road car, over a 50-year career. The company was set up in 2007 to develop an innovative manufacturing technology trademarked iStream.

Design engine section for gordon murray design

Design engine section for gordon murray design

Design Engine founding director Richard Jobson said: ‘The crossover between automotive design and buildings has fascinated architects ever since the first production car was completed.

’We are excited about the huge sustainable opportunities the new iStream cars will offer and feel privileged to be able to play a small part in that vision.’

The scheme will be submitted for planning in Spring 2018 with work expected to start on site in July 2018.

Project data

Location Shalford, Surrey
Type of project HQ Building
Client Gordon Murray Design
Architect Design Engine Architects
Landscape architect TBC
Planning consultant Haydn Morris
Structural engineer Arup
M&E consultant Arup
Quantity surveyor Jackson Coles
Pre-Construction Contractor n/a
Funding Private
Tender date TBC 2018
Start on site date July 2018
Completion date Phase 1 Summer 2019
Contract duration TBC
Gross internal floor area 8,500m²
Form of contract TBC
Total cost Confidential


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